Stories by Tim Lohman

NBN to stop the rural brain drain

While the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been touted as a boon for education and healthcare, one of the biggest benefits to Australia could be in its ability to stimulate regional economic activity.

CeBit 2012: Social media a legal minefield

Government agencies looking to make greater use of social media and other collaboration tools face a raft of legal issues with the potential to sink efforts to better connect government and the public.

SingTel reports stable Optus full-year results

SingTel has reported that its Australian subsidiary, Optus, has achieved an operating revenue of $9.37 billion, up 1 per cent, and an EBITDA of $2.36 billion, up 2 per cent for the full year to 31 March 2012. Net profit for the year was up 2 per cent to $787 million.

Defence needs its own app store: ADF CIO

The Australian Defence Force will seek to create its own Apple-like app store as a means to more quickly deliver applications and capabilities to service and support personnel.

Call for mandatory data breach notifications renewed

Australian consumers are facing unnecessary cyber security risks thanks to the ongoing lack of mandatory data breach notification laws, the Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety has heard.

Nokia to pay $55k for spam SMS

Nokia has copped a $55,000 wrist-slapping from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), accepting an enforceable undertaking for infringing the Spam Act 2003.

Ausgrid spruiks smart grid consumer tools

Ausgrid managing director, George Maltabarow, has used a speech in Sydney today to further spruik the potential of smart grid technology and agitate for a shift in regulatory incentives to favour energy demand management over capacity building.

Gillard reshuffle places tech, innovation upfront

Major announcements around technology, research and innovation can be expected during the next 12 months following a large-scale reshuffle of the Federal Cabinet by prime minister, Julia Gillard.

Open source use in govt is healthy: AGIMO

The Australian Government Information Office (AGIMO) has reported a healthy level of open source software (OSS) use within government agencies during the past year.

Queensland Health considers data warehouse, BI pilot

Queensland Health is to begin piloting a new mental health data warehouse and business intelligence application as part of a wider push by the Queensland government to support mental health information management.

Early signs of NBN cost overruns: Oakeshott

The Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network has warned that NBN Co may be showing early signs of cost-blowouts and delays, with timeframe slippage and higher than expected operating expenditure recorded during the last six months.

2012: Year of machine to machine (M2M) communications?

Machine to machine (M2M) communications may have had a subdued year in Australia during 2011, but telco services provider Verizon Business is expecting big things of one of the underlying technologies of smart grids, smart homes and e-health in 2012.

CSIRO sourcing new servers, desktops, laptops

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)is on the hunt for a new provider for its desktops, laptops and servers for a period of up to five years.